Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, seen addressing the Knesset last year, has not taken a position on a unilateral strategy to end the stalemate in negotiations with the Palestinians. | Sebastian Scheiner~AP
Updated: October 15, 2012 9:49AM
More are aiming guns at cops
Let me clear something up [“Spike in shootings by cops,” Wednesday]. The spike is in offenders, mostly gang-bangers pointing guns at police officers. That’s your explanation in the rise of police shootings! Police officers are given the right to use deadly force when confronted with deadly force. Police officers protect the public every day from these thugs.
Gang-bangers are commiting a crime when they carry guns on the street. The reason for the spike in shootings is clear in most of the public’s eyes.
Bill Dougherty, first vice president
Fraternal Order of Police, Chicago Lodge 7
Obama and Israel
As a former colleague of President Barack Obama in the state Senate, I have been a constant supporter, and I am working to get him re-elected.
Since the Democratic convention, I have been stopped by many of my Jewish colleagues who ask whether Obama would support Israel.
I was dissapointed that at the convention the platform originally omitted Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
I was quite surprised when I learned that Obama’s schedule would not allow a meeting with President Netanyahu, who is coming to New York,
Iran is a threat not only to Israel, but also to the great Western democracy. I believe that taking a short time and meeting with President Netanyahu would help President Obama solidify a base he badly need to get re-elected.
Ira I. Silverstein,State senator, Eighth District
Violence isn’t the answer
I am so tired of people in the Muslim world reacting to everything with violence. We have freedom of thought, freedom of speech, freedom of religion AND freedom from religion.
We do not react to anything said negative about us with chopping off of hands or heads. We do not drag people’s bodies through the streets. We do not set vehicles and buildings on fire. We do not kill or main, all because we disagree with someone.
Decent people sit down and discuss things, and attempt to come to agreement or compromise. They do not kill over disagreements. They do not force their ways onto others, recognizing we all have our own opinions and the right to those opinions. Marilyn Miller, Plainfield
Schools need air conditioning
”Everything here is down to two final issues, and it’s not air conditioning, OK,” states Mayor Rahm Emanual.
Jails and prisons have air conditioning. What other CPS conditions are inferior when compared with our penal institutions?
Colleen Bendig, Edison Park